Brothers confident against Wests
IT will be a different side to the one that routed Across The Waves last weekend, but Brothers still have the confidence and personnel to continue their form this weekend against Country Wests.
Last-start centurion Mitch Sartori will be absent, as will Boyd Williams and Dean Kronk — but skipper David Boge sees no reason for their winning streak to end.
“We’ve still got the likes of Jarrod Laycock and Adam Rayner and it will provide a chance for Chris Powell to see some time at the crease,” he said.
Williams has played enough games to qualify for the NewsMail Cup final and opted to take this round off for his one-year-old twins’ birthday.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Knepp predicted the gloomy weather to disappear after lunch today, leaving Bundaberg in sunshine on the weekend.
But with no time for curators to prepare a rock-hard deck, both captains are expecting to be greeted with a green top tomorrow.
Country Wests will approach the game with one eye already on the one-day fixtures in the new year.
“It’s really a stepping stone for the one-dayers now, we need to build some momentum and start 2010 with some confidence,” captain Mat Fleming said.
Fast bowler Andrew Gear will return from a broken finger, in what is basically a full-strength line up for the Panthers.
“I really just want a good decent, fighting game, one that goes down to the wire. I don’t want us to fold over early, whether we are batting or bowling,” he said.
It will be the first division one game played on Salter Oval’s main ground this season.